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Condolences Pour In for Va. Crash Victims

Sun, 24 Apr 2005 8:22:56 GMT

When they heard about Monday's fatal school bus crash in Arlington, the students -- from John Adams and James K. Polk elementary schools -- wanted to help.



Va. Football Players Warm to New Goal

Sun, 24 Apr 2005 8:22:56 GMT

The seniors on a Fairfax County high school football team got a glimpse yesterday of their cameo appearance in a soon-to-be-released television film, but their thoughts were not of stardom or the silver screen. These players were dreaming about saving the nation's wetlands.



Picking a School Is a Multiple-Choice Question

Sun, 24 Apr 2005 8:22:56 GMT

Washington area parents enjoy an increasing choice of schools for their children. There are regular public schools, magnet public schools, charter public schools and, for parents with enough money, private schools, some faith-oriented and some not.



Common Worst Nightmare Links School Bus Drivers

Sun, 24 Apr 2005 8:22:56 GMT

In her 11 years driving a school bus, Linda Farbry woke every morning and said the same prayer: "Please, don't let anything happen to my bus today." She used to think: You pass safety training. You check your mirrors. You drive carefully. But anything can happen. That driver, bloodied and screaming by the side of the road in Arlington on Monday? That could have been you.



Pr. William Budget Passed With 16-Cent Cut in Tax Rate

Sun, 24 Apr 2005 8:22:56 GMT

Prince William County homeowners will see the lowest real estate tax rate in nearly four decades, but they will still pay on average $128 more in property taxes this year under the $765 million budget the Board of County Supervisors approved in a 6 to 2 vote yesterday.



At Bus Stop, Holding On a Bit Tighter

Sun, 24 Apr 2005 8:22:56 GMT

Before Gisela Zuniga shepherded her 4-year-old daughter, Noelia, onto a bus heading to Arlington County's Hoffman-Boston Elementary School yesterday morning, she planted a kiss on the little girl's cheek and patted her shoulder.



Bus Wreckage Is Searched for Answers

Sun, 24 Apr 2005 8:22:56 GMT

Investigators have ruled out major mechanical problems but came no closer to determining what caused an Arlington County school bus and a trash truck to collide.



Fairfax Adopts $3 Billion Budget

Sun, 24 Apr 2005 8:22:56 GMT

Fairfax County homeowners will pay $364 more on average in real estate taxes this year under a $3 billion budget the county board approved yesterday.



Beyond 'Karma, Cows and Caste'

Sun, 24 Apr 2005 8:22:56 GMT

Indian American parents convinced Fairfax school officials to teach India and Hinduism using more sophisticated and thoughtful curriculum.



A Surprise Russian Landing in Manassas

Sun, 24 Apr 2005 8:22:56 GMT

As science star Ricky Yezzi took the stage in the Osbourne Park High School auditorium yesterday morning, 400 of his schoolmates cheered and whistled as if he had just come home victorious from a big game. The shaggy-haired 18-year-old quelled the noise long enough to introduce his two new acquaintances: one of Russia's premier cosmonauts and a top Russian space scientist.



Teachers To Receive Smaller Pay Hike

Sun, 24 Apr 2005 8:22:56 GMT

The Loudoun County School Board has shelved a proposal to pay starting teachers the top salary in the region.



Easing the Final Days

Sun, 24 Apr 2005 8:22:56 GMT

Gene May reacted to the news of his impending death with characteristic level-headedness.



Substitute Teacher Facing Sex Charge

Sun, 24 Apr 2005 8:22:56 GMT

A 24-year-old woman who worked as a substitute teacher in Fairfax County public schools has been accused of having a sexual relationship with a 14-year-old student, police said yesterday.



Early Head Start Reaches Schools

Sun, 24 Apr 2005 8:22:56 GMT

One recent morning, teacher Myrtle Smiley served up a bowl of warm rice cereal -- and a cheery song -- for the tiniest student in her Fairfax County classroom.



Va. Principal Failed to Report Abuse, Police Allege

Sun, 24 Apr 2005 8:22:56 GMT

A Reston elementary school principal was charged yesterday with two misdemeanor counts of failing to report suspected child abuse by an 88-year-old volunteer at the school.



briefs

Sun, 24 Apr 2005 8:22:56 GMT

Hear About Metro At Town Meeting
The Metro board will hold a town meeting from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at George Mason High School in Falls Church.



arts briefs

Sun, 24 Apr 2005 8:22:56 GMT

Bowls to Fill for the Hungry
The Clay Connection, a nonprofit organization for potters and ceramics artists, will host its annual Empty Bowls soup supper from 6 to 9 p.m. April 30 at Falls Church High School.



Superintendent Right at Home in Her New Position

Sun, 24 Apr 2005 8:22:56 GMT

Linda Burgee is, in her own words, "psyched."
The Frederick native has been named superintendent of the school system from which she graduated, to which she sent her three kids and where she spent three decades as an elementary school teacher, principal and administrator. No wonder she...



Schools Take Steps To Count All

Sun, 24 Apr 2005 8:22:56 GMT

The job will be somewhat tedious and maybe even a little risky. An army of temporary government workers will canvass sprawling Loudoun County, knocking on strangers' doors and reminding residents to complete mailed forms that list how many school-age children they have.



Online Child-Sex Sting Results in 9 Arrests

Sun, 24 Apr 2005 8:22:56 GMT

In the past two weeks, sexual predators in the Washington area went trolling for children without fear of being spotted, authorities said Friday. But someone was watching -- 13 undercover police officers.-The Washington Post